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SS Wardrobe Part I: Runway Inspiration

While industry insiders have moved right along to Fall, I’ve been looking back at S/S 2018 shows and pinning away onto my Editorial/Runway pin board. The looks I’m drawn to generally don’t directly translate to my real life, but a board filled with beautiful artistry has proven to be a great reference to borrow details from while beginning to think about my next seasonal closet and sewing project(s). I followed the widely recommended process of pinning freely without overthinking then combing through and looking for patterns. Here’s what I found and how I might apply it to my real closet.

Green & Blue

Mint, seafoam, pistachio, olive, sage, chartreuse, teal and a touch of baby blue! So beautiful, all of them. I already own pieces in many of these colors, so I’ll mostly be shopping my own closet to make combinations I’ve previously overlooked.

SS2018 Blue and Green

Delpozo, Anya Hindmarch, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Fendi, Derek Lam

Pink & Red

This color combo, which was once favorite, disappeared entirely from my wardrobe for at least the last decade and now I’m suddenly pinning it ALOT. I own one red dress, but it’s more orangey than cherry and not a stitch of pink so I’ll be looking to pair these colors with one or more of the patterns I have planned to sew up for spring.

SS2018 pink and red collage

Boss, Coach, Alexander McQueen, Adam Selman, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Bottega Venetta, vivienne Westwood, Rojas, Alice + Olivia

Sleeveless Crewneck

This cut was represented repeatedly in a wide variety of styles and is one I’ve always felt really comfortable and attractive wearing. After nursing a child for much longer than I ever anticipated, it’s nice to look at tops without considering accessibility, if you know what I mean! I’d like this cut for a basic tank, statement tank and everyday dress so I’m thinking a blend of sewing and thrifting will be in order here.

SS2018 High Neckline Sleeveless

Delpozo, Marni, Loewe, Nicole Miller, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana

Buttoned Up

A couple years after eliminating all my corporate office attire back in 2014, I started craving some more grown up looks and reintroduced a collared shirt to my wardrobe by way of a vintage looking patterned blouse which I wear buttoned all the way to the top. I’d love a drapey short sleeve version for spring and summer and found lots of inspiration for layering them in interesting ways or achieving the look without the traditional button placket. I haven’t sewn a button down shirt since college so this would be a great project to take on in terms of improving specific skills and fun to fabric shop for, but I’ll also keep an eye out while thrifting in case a perfect item presents itself.

SS2018 buttoned up collage

Alena Akhmadullina, Prada, Delpozo, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ace & Jig, Anya Hindmarch

Coach 1941

This is one designer where I found myself pinning the entire show while wondering when they starting making anything other than handbags. They weren’t even on my radar before and here I’m seeing all my high school wardrobe dreams come true! It’s like a more luxe version of the layered thrifted slips and doc martens with black knee high socks combo I was sporting back in the early 90’s. This has me feeling crazy nostalgic and in need of a slip dress, STAT!

SS2018 Coach Collage

Saint Laurent

This is another show I just loved in general, the flowy cream blouses with structured jackets, incredible accessories and interesting but wearable shorts. I can actually imagine wearing all of these pieces in my real life but will mostly be taking styling inspiration unless I can find a piece of similar jewelry in my budget…and the detail and colors of that jacket might become a future sewing project as my skills improve!

Saint Laurent

You may (or may not) have noticed that Gucci was represented in every category…obsessed! I’m determined to build a thoughtful versatile wardrobe full of color, print and ornate details and there’s so much inspiration there.

My original vision for this post was to include both runway and street style inspiration along with the sewing patterns I’ve selected, plans for executing each one and pieces I already own that I’m excited about but it’s taking longer to put together than I anticipated and was getting way too long so I decided to split it into a short series. Be back soon!


Cut & Paste


I have to believe that anyone into personal style who also loves to sew has the box of clothing items they just can’t seem to part with because you know you could [fill in the blank] and it would be perfect! My issue with said box is it basically turns into a black hole where ideas go to die and clothes never see the light of day. For this reason, I decided to put ALL my clothing into my closet and move things I’d worn to one end as I went. After a couple months, I reviewed my wardrobe board and did a (dare I say) final sort of items into 3 categories:

  • love = hang back in the closet
  • meh = donate/sell
  • love but don’t wear because xyz = project box

Keeping the love but don’t wear items in my closet was only complicating getting dressed, obviously, so I decided to snap a quick picture of each piece before returning them to the black hole. Next I used Photoshop Elements to create 8 1/2 x 11″ layouts, printed and cut them out to glue into my wardrobe/sewing journal.


Now I can flip through my journal when I’m feeling the urge to shop and prioritize a project. Drawing in some grids gives me a clean space for jotting down notes for each. Many need mending, fit alterations, dyeing, or restyling, and others I’d like to knock off the pattern or sew/purchase a new item to go with it. I do realize I could have completed some mending in the time I used to play cut and paste, but there’s 33 projects so in the long run I feel it’s worth the couple hours to keep them all on my radar and moving forward.






I made it look so fun, my kiddo immediately asked for some clothes for his own project and we spent the best Saturday morning creating together!


I’m so grateful for the online sewing and personal style community. Though I’ve been doing things like this for as long as I can remember, I now know I’m not a total weirdo and others out there share my obsession interests!

Next on the agenda is some actual time at the sewing machine. I still have #2017makenine to finish and one of those projects has been cut and on my table for longer than I’d care to admit…

Slow Style: Sewing Roadmap

My beginning down this rabbit hole goes back to this post from December 2014. I found myself with a new baby, a new lifestyle and a wardrobe in major need of reinvention. I needed a plan. I chose to invest in two great pairs of new pants and thrift all my day to day tanks, tops and sweaters, most of which are still in heavy rotation. The capsule / color planning resulted in an easy mix and match closet, however some pieces turned out to be a projection of who I thought I’d like to be and the pieces that would project my creative side and suit my day to day activities were missing. I was getting a little bored and needed a new plan. Since the gorgeous high fashion and couture clothing on my Pinterest board was out of reach and I swore off fast fashion, it was time to put that Fashion Design degree to use. I made my Slow Style commitment and ordered myself a custom dress form. Time to sew!

Inspiration Board for Custom Designs

Pinterest Sewing Plans Screenshot

Now, in the same way I don’t want to run out and buy a bunch of fast fashion, I don’t want to waste time and materials sewing things I won’t wear. So, I went back to my Pinterest board with a fine tooth comb to determine which pieces would fill the voids. I looked for practical ways to bring elements I loved from my ‘Costume and Couture‘ board to easy to throw on shapes and styles that I knew I could reach for everyday. These pieces became my ‘Sewing Plans’ board, and I think it’s a perfect representation of my ideal style which I’d describe as modern bohemian urbanite meets 90’s romantic grunge. I have 7 pieces in the pipeline. They’re all about easy to wear separates with interesting draping, textures and embellishment. The perfect blend of luxe and lax, ultra feminine and edge. The more contradictions I can squeeze into an outfit, the more pulled together I feel.

Getting clear on my style concept, as I learned from Into Mind, really is the perfect roadmap for bringing my ideal slow style wardrobe vision to fruition. For now, I’ll probably still purchase basic tanks and tee’s second hand as mine wear out, but the more unique pieces that truly express my personal style will come from the studio…and I seriously cannot wait to mix, match and layer them with my existing wardrobe. I’ve been super utilitarian for a while and need more pretty in my life!

The Refashion Rack

04-23-16 refashion rack

There’s not as much careful planning going on here, but this is my refashion rack. To give you an idea of how bad my shopping addiction once was, pre-baby my child’s entire bedroom was my walk in closet so I built the garment rack to double the size of my adorable little 1950’s closet. I’m happy to say that everything I own, including seasonal and special occasion garments now fit inside my closet. Anyway, the rack is comprised of things I had boxed up in my studio forever plus some things I purged from my closet more recently that I couldn’t part with. These are things I always thought I’d dye, embroider, mend, or deconstruct to repurpose the fabric. I’m sure I’ll spontaneously pull projects from here along the way as the mood strikes me. Should be fun to finally make some of the things I dreamed up long ago and never brought to life. One of which is almost ready to share so I’ll be back with that soon!

Are you on a similar journey? Tapping into the online slow fashion community of makers is bringing me so much joy and inspiration. I’d love to connect!



Getting Creative in My Closet


I’ve been trying to squeeze in some creativity wherever I can and revamping my wardrobe became my main focus for a minute…borderline obsession, actually. It all started when I discovered the blog Into Mind and her process for defining your style and curating the perfect wardrobe. Having left a corporate office environment for my new life as a mommy and artist, I was left with only a handful of items in my closet that I’d actually have a reason to wear, but since this was new territory I was worried I’d run out and buy the wrong things without a little planning. That’s when I started googling things like “new wardrobe from scratch” and found the site.

So while my little guy nursed and napped on my lap all day I spent time with a notebook and my iPad making lists and gathering images then editing and curating my final mood board. Since I studied fashion design and have always loved lists, organizing, creating mood boards and anything visual, it was right up my alley and I had a lot of fun with it.

What I ended up with is a defined style concept to guide my shopping while I basically create the new me! I’m addicted to thrift shopping so none of this led to spending a fortune but it helped me choose wisely even when items were only a few bucks. Being a textile artist, I have to be cautious because I’ll be drawn to clothing that I won’t actually wear because of a pattern, color or texture that’s more applicable to my art than my wardrobe. That being said, I do love wearing color and pattern so deciding on a color pallete and knowing which types of pieces should have pattern ensures I’ll have lots of ways to mix and match everything requiring fewer total items in my closet.

Of course my husband humored me each evening when I’d go on about my progress with this project, but it feels fitting to share it here in my creative space. The way we dress is just another way we express ourselves to the world and as an artist it feels especially important to be able to wake up each day and quickly throw on something that works for my daily activities but also makes me feel creative and inspired! So here’s what I came up with, adapting Into Mind’s 7 category style concept.



earthy rainbow, color & pattern mixing, laid back layers, oversized & drapey, feminine, natural fibers, artistic, elements of nature, neutrals with pops of color, lace, brown leather, eclectic, rustic, vintage floral, combined textures, geometric shapes

Color Pallete

gray, navy, white, beige, olive, mauve, burnt orange, mustard, turqoise

Key Pieces

loose tees, casual button down, slouchy knits, skinny jeans/tights, flowy dress/skirt, boots, moccasins


loose top/flowy dress + skinnies/tights + boots/moccasins + slouchy knit/army jacket

Ever since going through this process, I’ve LOVED my outfits every day and shopping feels so much simpler! If you’ve ever looked in your closet and had nothing to wear, this process is worth every minute…or maybe I just had too much time on my hands and went a little OCD!